Cpt. Arthur E Halfpapp ed il suo P47-D Thunderbolt

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Cpt. Arthur E Halfpapp ed il suo P47-D Thunderbolt

Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:32 am

E' stato rinvenuto ieri, dopo una giornata di scavi, il Capitano ARTHUR E. HALFPAPP matricola O-820485 MIA dal 24 Aprile 1945 quando fu visto cadere
al suolo vicino al fiume Po. Una giornata intensa e carica di emozioni e fatica ma di quelle che non si dimenticano. Pilotava un cacciabombardiere Republic P47-D Thunderbolt (Matricola: 44-20080), che aveva come nomignolo (generalmente dipinto sulla fusoliera) Zo-Zo, appartenente all’87° Squadrone del 79° Gruppo della 12^ Air Force americana, gruppo che dal 20 marzo 1945 aveva base a Cesenatico, mentre in precedenza era acquartierato a Fano e prima ancora a Jesi.

Di buon mattino 3 escavatori e circa una trentina di volontari dell'Associazione Archeologi dell'Aria, del Museo della Seconda Guerra Mondiale del Fiume po e di
Gotica Toscana, hanno iniziato gli scavi supportati da Protezione Civile e Amministrazione di Ro Ferrarese giungendo fin da subito sulla corazza del sedile del pilota. Proseguendo con gli scavi abbiamo individuato le 4 browning alari ( ne aveva 8 in totale ) alari ed altre componenti del velivolo come parti
strutturali, bombole di ossigeno, parti di ali, etc. Il P47-D si è schiantato al suolo capovolto con una traiettoria piuttosto orizzontale così da finire a circa 4
metri di profondità nella morbida argilla della pianura padana. Dall'abitacolo sono stati estratti i resti mortali del pilota, il piastrino di riconoscimento, il suo orologio A11, la pistola lanciarazzi, la bombola portatile dell'ossigeno, brandelli di tuta di volo, il salvagente ed altri effetti personali. In tarda serata è stato possibile recuperare il blocco motore con 18 cilindri, carburatore e dinamo. Impressionante lavorare in buca e vedere la benzina dell'epoca fuoriuscire dai tubi.

Oggi sono proseguite le operazioni di scavo per concludere la pulizia del "crash site" anche se le operazioni erano state preparate per lavorare ad oltranza con
piattaforma luci, gruppi elettrogeni, pompe sommerse, etc. Oltre alla vicenda umana che per noi riveste carattere primario e fonte di immense emozioni,
questa volta ho dato molto peso anche alla parte meccanica e motoristica cercando di saperne di più.

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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:39 am

Alcuni scatti dell'area di scavo; come si può notare dietro la gru dei fari, c'è l'argine del Po. Era questa la missione di Halfpapp, colpire
tutto ciò che si trovava a sud del Po prima di attraversarlo...
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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:50 am

Le 4 mitragliatrici Browning Cal. 050 e la piastra di protezione del sedile con la forma della testa.
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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:35 am

parte del quadro strumenti, la maniglia del paracadute, l'auricolare della cuffia, la fibbia della cintura, piastrino ed orologio del Capitano
Halfpapp.
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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:36 am

Una delle squadre setacci che ha permesso il ritrovamento del piastrino….
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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:41 am

Il capitano Arthur E. Halfpapp 1921 - 1945 - 102 missioni all'attivo….
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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:52 am

Il recupero del motore in tarda serata….
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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:54 am

Articolo locale:

http://www.estense.com/?p=413223

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Post by Spadi » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:57 am

Le info in nostro possesso:

Captain Arthur Halfpapp departed on an armed recon mission from Cesenatico, Italy on April 24, 1945, his destination the Adige River Area. The following witness reports relate the circumstances leading to his death:

"I was flying Capt. Halfpapp's wing on the mission. We had completed the dive bomb run and a rocket run and were going in for a strafing pass, my position being about three hundred yards behind. At about 2000 feet Capt. Halfpapp's airplane started into a roll to the left and continued on into the ground, hitting on its back, and bursting into flames immediately. The run was made from West to East, and the aircraft stuck the ground going northwest. At the time the airplane started to roll it was diving about sixty degrees." Source: Statement, 26 April 1945, Robert G Saurey, 2nd Lt. Air Corps, 87th Fighter Sq, 79th Fighter Gp, Missing Air Crew Report, War Department, Headquarters Army Air Forces, dated 26 April 1945

"Capt Halfpapp led his section in on a dive bomb run on a road parallel with the Po River, the target being eight to ten vehicles. He pulled up to the right to about 4000' and headed west towards a road on which were quite a number of motor transport. He started his first pass from West to East. He seems to have been hit while rolling into his turn, because he went into an inverted position, hit the ground, and the airplane immediately exploded." Source: Statement, 24 April 1945, Raffaelle Pasquale, 1st Lt. Air Corps, 87th Fighter Sq, 89th Fighter Gp, Missing Air Crew Report, War Department, Headquarters Army Air Forces, dated 26 April 1945

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Arthur E Halfpapp was born in Pennsylvania. He and his family were living in Steelton, Dauphin, Pennsylvania in 1930. His full birthdate is unknown, but his World War II enlistment record lists him as born in 1921. He enlisted in the Army as a private on August 5, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sources: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com & U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Ancestry.com

"Name: Arthur E. Halfpapp
Death Date: 24 Apr 1945
Cemetery: Tablets of The Missing at Florence American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Cemetery City: Florence
Cemetery Country: Italy
War: World War II
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Title: Captain
Rank: Captain
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Service ID: (Note: Left off for the purposes of this profile)
Division: 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll"
Source: WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings, Ancestry.com

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Post by pierino » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:24 pm

Meraviglioso...mi è spiaciuto non esserci, Fil... but family first! 8)

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Post by Riki » Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:42 pm

Bravi bel recupero!!!
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Post by aleste.57 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:21 am

@ Spadi:

se ti è possibile potresti gentilmente postare una foto del quadrante e del fondello dell' orologio ?
Grazie.
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Post by Spadi » Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:40 am

Per il momento ho questa…..
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Post by Robbby84 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:08 am

Che emozione!
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Post by PoRiverCrossing » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:49 am

Integro con una foto aerea della primavera 1945.

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